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Fīat jūstitia ruat cælum. Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall.

Al Capone
Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.

When small men cast long shadows the sun is about to set.

Morality is doing what's right regardless of what you're told. Obedience is doing what you're told regardless of what is right.

Racism, especially directed toward blacks, along with 'identity wedge' is a perfect tool for disarming poor white, and suppressing their struggle for a better standard of living, which considerably dropped under neoliberalism. In other words, by providing poor whites with a stratum of the population that has even lower social status, neoliberals manage to co-opt them to support the policies which economically ate detrimental to their standard of living as well as to suppress the protest against the redistribution of wealth up and dismantling of the New Deal capitalist social protection network. This is a pretty sophisticated, pretty evil scheme if you ask me. In a way, 'Floydgate' can be viewed as a variation on the same theme. A very dirty game indeed, when the issue of provision of meaningful jobs for working poor, social equality, and social protection for low-income workers of any colour is replaced with a real but of secondary importance issue of police violence against blacks.

A J Liebling
Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.

Abby Martin
Propaganda is one hell of a drug.

Abraham Lincoln
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.

Adolf Hitler (1)
But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here as so often in this world persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.

Adolf Hitler (2)
What luck for the rulers that men do not think.

Adolf Hitler (3)
The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of a nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies, but would be ashamed to tell big lies.

Adolf Hitler (4)
The chief function of propaganda is to convince the masses, whose slowness of understanding needs to be given time so they may absorb information; and only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea on their mind.

Al Gore (1)
American democracy has been hacked. The United States Congress is now incapable of passing laws without permission from the corporate lobbies and other special interests that control their campaign finances.

Alain de Botton (1)
It is not only the hostility of others that may prevent us from questioning the status quo. Our will to doubt can be just as powerfully sapped by an internal sense that societal conventions must have a sound basis, even if we are not sure exactly what this may be, because they have been adhered to by a great many people for a long time. It seems implausible that our society could be gravely mistaken in its beliefs, and at the same time, that we would be alone in noticing the fact. We stifle our doubts, and follow the flock, because we cannot conceive of ourselves as pioneers of hitherto unknown difficult truths. It is for help in overcoming our meekness that we can turn to the philosopher.

Alan Barth
Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin. It leaves him free to commit the same deed over and over again, and may, indeed, win him the honours of a hero in the country of his victims.

Alan Greenspan
I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organisations, specifically banks and others, were such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in the firms.

Alan Moore
Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears. Says

Albert Camus (1)
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realise that we know where it lives...inside ourselves.

Albert Camus (2)
When a war breaks out, people say: 'It's too stupid, it can't last long.' But though a war may be 'too stupid' that doesn't prevent its lasting.

Albert Camus (3)
The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.

Albert Einstein (1)
The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits

Albert Einstein (2)
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

Albert Einstein (3)
As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.

Albert Einstein
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

Albert Einstein
It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

Albert Einstein
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

Albert Einstein
Force always attracts men of low morality.

Albert Einstein
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

Albert Einstein
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

Albert Einstein
Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting different results.

Albert J Nock
It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own.

Albert Speer
Being in a position to know and nevertheless shunning knowledge creates direct responsibility for the consequences.

Aldous Huxley (1)
Facts do not cease to exist simply because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley (2)
Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence—those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you’d collapse. And while you people are over-consuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.

Aldous Huxley (3)
Only a large-scale popular movement toward decentralisation and self-help can arrest the present tendency toward statism… A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers… The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.

Aldous Huxley (4)
A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers... The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.

Aldous Huxley (5)
Only a large-scale popular movement toward decentralisation and self-help can arrest the present tendency toward statism... A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers.

Aldous Huxley
What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.

Aldous Huxley (6)
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley (7)
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
All states can be placed on a continuum which ranges from states whose authority is based on their power to states whose power is based on their authority.

Ambrose Bierce
The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations.

Ambrose Bierce (1)
History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

Ambrose Bierce (2)
In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

Amy Goodman
The media? Stenographers to power.

Anatole France
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

Anatole France
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

Andre Gide
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

Andrew Carnegie
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

Andrew Greely
Since the end of the World War II, the United States has fought three small" wars...we lost all three of them and for the same reason--hubris."

Andrew Jackson
In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society -the farmers, mechanics, and labourers -who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favours to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favours alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.

Andrew Jackson
Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I understand why an equality that was founded upon God involved neither contradiction nor disorder. Demagogy enters at the moment when, for want of a common denominator, the principle of equality degenerates into the principle of identity.

Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery (1)
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Archibald Putt
Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand.

Arthur Balfour
The power of authority is never more subtle and effective than when it produces a psychological atmosphere" or 'climate' favourable to the life of certain modes of belief

Arthur S. Miller
Those who formally rule take their signals and commands not from the electorate as a body, but from a small group of men. This group will be called the Establishment. It exists even though that existence is stoutly denied. It is one of the secrets of the American social order... A second secret is the fact that the existence of the Establishment the ruling class is not supposed to be discussed.

Arthur Schopenhauer
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer
Humour is the only divine quality to be found in humanity.

Arundhati Roy (1)
The trouble with injustice is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you're accountable.

Aung San Suu Kyi
It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.


Bob Ney
I was directly told, ‘You want to be chairman of House Administration, you want to continue to be chairman.’ They would actually put in writing that you have to raise $150,000. They still do that – Democrats and Republicans. If you want to be on this committee, it can cost you $50,000 or $100,000 – you have to raise that money in most cases.

Balthazar B (1)
Heroes – once they step into the foreground – are abusers of faith. Eventually the demagogue goes too far, gets exposed by some irreconcilible hypocrisy and falls from grace. The followers are briefly angry and disillusioned. But the faithful follower never seems to learn. Some new divine hero comes on stage and the follower is convinced this next hero is the real one, surely to God! This is a dysfunctional dynamic. Created by the brain’s neurotic storytelling using other people as caricatured characters in their life movie. Always derivative. Always anti-individual when it comes to strangers, egocentric made manifest. From the cancel culture pile-on to the maniac mobilisation of soldiers, the narratives handed down from above manipulate this slavish faith dynamic to justify and legitimise the most atrocious behaviour against other human beings. Nowadays, with tech and social media, the manipulation is intensive. It’s transforming the way millions think about and act towards the world.

Balthazar B (2)
Technology is a unique agent of change in the world. Its benefits are myriad, impossible to ignore or resist. The scale of socioeconomic and cultural disruption demands foresight and organised handling. Technology is the real-world expression of human-driven evolution rather than, for billions of years, evolution having been left to natural selection. The homo sapiens brain works exponentially faster than Mother Nature but the jury’s out whether, as a species, there’s enough wisdom to walk the line between technology changing our world and our changed world creating the conditions of human extinction.

Balthazar B (3)
We have been very effectively pacified by the pernicious ideology of a consumer society that is centered on the cult of the self – an undiluted hedonism and narcissism. That has become a very effective way to divert our attention while the country is reconfigured into a kind of neo-feudalism with a rapacious oligarchic elite and an anaemic government that no longer is able to intercede on behalf of citizens but cravenly serves the interests of the oligarchy itself.

Barney Frank (1)
We are the only people in the world required by law to take large amounts of money from strangers and then act as if it has no effect on our behaviour.

Ben Goldacre
It's possible for good people in badly designed systems to perpetrate acts of great evil completely unthinkingly.

Benito Mussolini (1)
Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power

Benito Mussolini (2)
People are tired of liberty. They have had a surfeit of it. Liberty is no longer a chaste and austere virgin…. Today's youth are moved by other slogans…Order, Hierarchy, Discipline.

Benjamin Disraeli (1)
It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.

Benjamin Disraeli (2)
The only things that matter in the ongoing relationship of the citizen and the government is time and the law. Government has a monopoly on legal violence. Government makes law, from time to time. Legislation created, deleted, or amended must therefore be the most meaningful focus for the public conversation.

Benjamin Disraeli (3)
There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.

Benjamin Franklin
There never was a good war or a bad peace.

Benjamin Franklin
Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin (1)
A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.

Benjamin Franklin (2)
It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.

Bernie Sanders (1)
I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. … The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.

Bernie Sanders (2)
The millionaire class and the billionaire class increasingly own the political process, and they own the politicians that go to them for money. … We are moving very, very quickly from a democratic society, one person, one vote, to an oligarchic form of society, where billionaires would be determining who the elected officials of this country are.

Bernie Sanders (3)
I've seen it for years. I've seen a media, which has basically ignored the declining middle class, that doesn't talk about poverty at all, and has no sense of what is going on in the minds of millions of ordinary Americans. They live in a bubble, talk about their world, worry about who's going to be running 18 years from now for office. Meanwhile, people can't feed their kids.

Bertold Brecht
First comes a full stomach, then comes ethics.

Bertold Brecht
The law is simply and solely made for the exploitation of those who do not understand it or of those who, for naked need, cannot obey it.

Bertrand Russell
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

Bertrand Russell (1)
Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.

Bertrand Russell (2)
I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is Mass Psychology . ... It's importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda ... Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated.

Bertrand Russell (3)
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.

Bertrand Russell (4)
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?

Bertrand Russell (5)
Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.

Bill Clinton (1)
We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans...

Bill Joy (1)
I think it is no exaggeration to say we are on the cusp of the further perfection of extreme evil, an evil whose possibility spreads well beyond that which weapons of mass destruction bequeathed to the nation-states, on to a surprising and terrible empowerment of extreme individuals.

Bill Moyes,And what happens when PR turns a profit
and truth goes penniless?"

Bryant McGill
Information is controlled because the free flow of truth is not always expedient for those wishing to maintain control.

Buzz Aldrin (1)
The artificial schism of capitalism (free and empowered individual citizen) and socialism (collective support safeguarding all citizens) is the most divisive misdirection of the modern world. Small wonder it’s been conditioned so deeply into the minds of the population. The ruling class knows reality is a complex tapestry of regulations blending both economic systems in a way that profits the wealthy and gives as little freedom and security as is unavoidable. The main role of modern democracy is to balance public and private interests so society stays stable with as little disruption to extant wealth and power distribution as possible. Stability, as a government mandate, is biased towards ring-fencing lineage wealth and the power of elites. This creates a natural excess of conservative exploitation, always pushing the limits of how far the citizen can be bled. Elections are used as a litmus for these limits. It’s a short-sighted dynamic that’s not only retarding society’s progress and slowly impoverishing most of the population but ultimately risks trapping power and wealth in a moribund cannibalistic dynamic. This is a sure-fire recipe for a degraded future – for the elite and the proletariat alike.


C S Lewis (1)
A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.

C S Lewis (2)
We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn,' and I accept it. I've got nothing that I hadn't bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.

C Wright Mills
People with advantages are loathe to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. They come readily to define themselves as inherently worthy of what they possess; they come to believe themselves 'naturally' elite; and, in fact, to imagine their possessions and their privileges as natural extensions of their own elite selves.

Caitlin Johnstone
If you want revolution, be it.

Captain G M Gilbert
Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy.

Carl Jung (1)
The mass State has no intention of promoting mutual understanding and the relationship of man to man; it strives, rather, for atomisation, for the psychic isolation of the individual.

Carl Jung (2)
I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.

Carl Jung (3)
Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.

Carl P G von Clausewitz
The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation from their purposes.

Carl P G von Clausewitz
War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.

Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan
The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.

Carl Sagan
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

Carl Sagan
What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

Carl Sagan
We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

Carl Sagan
Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.

Carl Sagan
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

Carl Sagan
Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilisation, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.

Carl Sagan
The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.

Carl Sagan
we make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers

Carl Sagan
The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.

Carl Sagan
Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.

Carl Sagan
The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.

Carl Sagan
If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a percent of the contents of the greatest libraries of our time. The trick is to know which books to read.

Carl Sagan
The Hindu religion is the only one of the world’s great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths. It is the only religion in which the time scales correspond to those of modern scientific cosmology. Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of Brahma, 8.64 billion years long. Longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the time since the Big Bang.

Carl Sagan
The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends on how well we know this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.

Carl Sagan
Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.

Carl Sagan
Books are like seeds. They can lie dormant for centuries and then flower in the most unpromising soil.

Carl Sagan
The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we've learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

Carl Sagan
One glance at (a book) and you hear the voice of another person - perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time.

Carl Sagan
We inhabit a universe where atoms are made in the centers of stars; where each second a thousand suns are born; where life is sparked by sunlight and lightning in the airs and waters of youthful planets; where the raw material for biological evolution is sometimes made by the explosion of a star halfway across the Milky Way; where a thing as beautiful as a galaxy is formed a hundred billion times - a Cosmos of quasars and quarks, snowflakes and fireflies, where there may be black holes and other universe and extraterrestrial civilisations whose radio messages are at this moment reaching the Earth. How pallid by comparison are the pretensions of superstition and pseudoscience; how important it is for us to pursue and understand science, that characteristically human endeavour.

Carl Sagan
You are worth about 3 dollars worth in chemicals.

Carl Sagan
We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands.

Carl Sagan
Observation: I can't see a thing. Conclusion: Dinosaurs.

Carl Sagan
Atoms are mainly empty space. Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.

Carl Sagan
Every aspect of Nature reveals a deep mystery and touches our sense of wonder and awe. Those afraid of the universe as it really is, those who pretend to nonexistent knowledge and envision a Cosmos centered on human beings will prefer the fleeting comforts of superstition. They avoid rather than confront the world. But those with the courage to explore the weave and structure of the Cosmos, even where it differs profoundly from their wishes and prejudices, will penetrate its deepest mysteries.

Carl Sagan
It is said that men may not be the dreams of the god, but rather that the gods are the dreams of men.

Carl Sagan
If we long for our planet to be important, there is something we can do about it. We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.

Carl Sagan
Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?

Carl Sagan
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.

Carl Sagan
An extraterrestrial being, newly arrived on Earth - scrutinising what we mainly present to our children in television, radio, movies, newspapers, magazines, the comics, and many books - might easily conclude that we are intent on teaching them murder, rape, cruelty, superstition, credulity, and consumerism. We keep at it, and through constant repetition many of them finally get it.

Carl Sagan
A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

Carl Sagan
If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a percent of the contents of the greatest libraries of our time. The trick is to know which books to read.

Carl Sagan
It took the Church until 1832 to remove Galileo's work from its list of books which Catholics were forbidden to read at the risk of dire punishment of their immortal souls.

Carl Sagan
All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.

Carl Sagan
Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.

Carl Sagan
In his celebrated book, 'On Liberty', the English philosopher John Stuart Mill argued that silencing an opinion is 'a peculiar evil.' If the opinion is right, we are robbed of the 'opportunity of exchanging error for truth'; and if it's wrong, we are deprived of a deeper understanding of the truth in its 'collision with error'. If we know only our own side of the argument, we hardly know even that: it becomes stale, soon learned by rote, untested, a pallid and lifeless truth.

Carl Sagan
Books are like seeds. They can lie dormant for centuries and then flower in the most unpromising soil.

Carl Sagan
Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of magic.

Carl Sagan
I went to the librarian and asked for a book about stars.... And the answer was stunning. It was that the Sun was a star but really close. The stars were suns, but so far away they were just little points of light.... The scale of the universe suddenly opened up to me. It was a kind of religious experience. There was a magnificence to it, a grandeur, a scale which has never left me. Never ever left me.

Carl Sagan
Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society.

Carl Sagan
What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. ... Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

Carl Sagan
Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.

Carl Sagan
Books tap the wisdom of our species -- the greatest minds, the best teachers -- from all over the world and from all our history. And they're patient.

Carl Sagan
The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.

Carroll Quigley
The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences.

Chalmers Johnson
Four sorrows are certain to be visited on the United States. First, there will be a state of perpetual war. Second is a loss of democracy and Constitutional rights as the presidency eclipses Congress and is itself transformed from a co-equal 'executive branch' of government into a military junta. Third is the replacement of truth by propaganda, disinformation, and the glorification of war, power, and the military legions. Lastly, there is bankruptcy, as the United States pours its economic resources into ever more grandiose military projects and shortchanges the education, health, and safety of its citizens.

Charles Darwin (1)
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.

Charles Darwin (2)
It is worthy of remark that a belief constantly inculcated during the early years of life, whilst the brain is impressible, appears to acquire almost the nature of an instinct; and the very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.

Charles de Gaulle
Gentlemen, I am ready for the questions to my answers.

Charles Eliot Norton
The voice of protest...is never more needed than when the clamour of fife and drum...is bidding all men...obey in silence the tyrannous word of command.

Charles Eliot Norton
The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamour of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in and keep step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent.

Charles Mackay
Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.

Charles Péguy
He who does not shout the truth when he knows it makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.

Charles-Louis de Secondat
What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.

Charlotte Bronte
If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Any idea pushed into the popular mind with considerable force will keep on going until some opposing force -or the slow resistance of friction -stops it at last.

Chris Dodd
I will begin by stating the sadly obvious: Our electoral system is a mess. Powerful financial interests, free to throw money about with little transparency, have corrupted the basic principles underlying our representative democracy.

Chris Hedges
Failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open for the next installment.

Chris Hedges
The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colourless human beings. They are the careerists. The bureaucrats. The cynics. They do the little chores that make vast, complicated systems of exploitation and death a reality... And they do not ask questions.

Chris Hedges (1)
Corporations are, theologically speaking, institutions of death. They commodify everything – the natural world, human beings – that they exploit until exhaustion or collapse. And what they want is for us to give up. They want us to become passive. They want us to become tacitly complicit in our own destruction.

Chris Hedges (2)
Social media lets the public feel like a participant in the public conversation; while devices collect behavioural data on behalf of the platforms, to better hone the power of institutional influence.

Chris Hedges (3)
Cult leaders [demagogues] arise from decayed communities and societies in which people have been shorn of political, social and economic power. The disempowered, infantilized by a world they cannot control, gravitate to cult leaders who appear omnipotent and promise a return to a mythical golden age. The cult leaders vow to crush the forces, embodied in demonized groups and individuals, that are blamed for their misery. The more outrageous the cult leaders become, the more they flout law and social conventions, the more they gain in popularity. Cult leaders are immune to the norms of established society. This is their appeal. Cult leaders demand a God-like power. Those who follow them grant them this power in the hope that the cult leaders will save them.

Christopher Hitchens (1)
That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.

Christopher Hitchens (2)
But even in the much-publicised rebellion of the young against the materialism of the affluent society, the consumer mentality is too often still intact: the standards of behaviour are still those of kind and quantity, the security sought is still the security of numbers, and the chief motive is still the consumer’s anxiety that he is missing out on what is 'in'. In this state of total consumerism – which is to say a state of helpless dependence.

Clarence Darrow
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.

Clint Eastwood
When you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.

Cornel West
I don't want to run the empire - I want to bring it down!

Crispin Glover
The United States has its own propaganda, but it's very effective because people don't realise that it's propaganda. And it's subtle, but it's actually a much stronger propaganda machine than the Nazis had but it's funded in a different way.

Criss Jami
Popular culture is a place where pity is called compassion, flattery is called love, propaganda is called knowledge, tension is called peace, gossip is called news, and auto-tune is called singing.


D H Lawrence (1)
Loud peace propaganda makes war seem imminent.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan
When a person goes to a country and finds their newspapers filled with nothing but good news, he can bet there are good men in jail.

DaShanne Stokes
Those with unearned privileges often spin things as 'political correctness' to further silence those they wish to oppress.

David Edwards
The modern susceptibility to conformity and obedience to authority indicates that the truth endorsed by authority is likely to be accepted as such by a majority of the people.

David Fuller
Rights without responsibilities is adolescence. Free speech absolutism is an ideological position that may not stand up to real-world conditions.

David Hume
Everyone has observed how much more dogs are animated when they hunt in a pack, than when they pursue their game apart. We might, perhaps, be at a loss to explain this phenomenon, if we had not experience of a similar in ourselves.

David Hume (1)
Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we enquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find, that, as force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded, and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the freest and most popular.

David Hume (2)
Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than the ease with which the many are governed by the few

David Icke (2)
One of the most important secret societies of the 20th Century is called the Round Table. It is based in Britain with branches across the world. It is the Round Table that ultimately orchestrates the network of the Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

David Rockefeller
The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.

Dean Baker
The problem of the last three decades is not the 'vicissitudes of the marketplace,' but rather deliberate actions by the [corporatist] government to redistribute income from the rest of us to the one percent.

Delphic Maxims
Know thyself Nothing in excess Surety brings ruin

Denis [Oppressed Peasant]
Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you. If I went ’round sayin’ I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!

Desiderius Erasmus
In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.

Don DeLillo
Never underestimate the power of the State to act out its own massive fantasies.

Donald Trump (1)
I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me. And that’s a broken system.

Donald Trump (2)
Everything in Washington has been a lie It's all big lie.

Doris Lessing
Political correctness [and its progeny] is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others.

Douglas MacArthur
It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.

Dunning Kruger (1)
The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. Essentially, low ability people do not possess the skills needed to recognise their own incompetence. The combination of poor self-awareness and low cognitive ability leads them to overestimate their own capabilities. The term lends a scientific name and explanation to a problem that many people immediately recognise -that fools are blind to their own foolishness.

Dwight D Eisenhower
We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.

Dwight D Eisenhower
We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.

Dwight G Eisenhower (1)
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of huge industrial and military machinery of defence with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalised, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government. Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been over shadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

Dwight G Eisenhower (2)
Massive military budgets erode the economic foundation on which true national security is dependent.


There are three classes of citizens. The first are the rich, who are indolent and yet always crave more. The second are the poor, who have nothing, are full of envy, hate the rich, and are easily led by demagogues. Between the two extremes lie those who make the state secure and uphold the laws.

Edmund Burke (1)
All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.

Edward Bernays (1)"""

Edward Bernays (2)
Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

Edward Denison
Three percent exceeds 2 percent by 50 percent, not by 1 percent.

Edward Gibbon
Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.

Edward Gibbon (1)
A nation of slaves is always prepared to applaud the clemency of their master who, in the abuse of absolute power, does not proceed to the last extremes of injustice and oppression.

Edward R Murrow
If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous' had a friend who was 'different or joined an organisation that advocated 'change' we would all be the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants.

Edward Snowden (1)
In terms of technological and communication progress in human history, the Internet is basically the equivalent of electronic telepathy. We can now communicate all the time through our little magic smartphones with people who are anywhere, all the time, constantly learning what they’re thinking, talking about, exchanging messages.

Edward Zehr
I wouldn't call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either.

Edwin Vieira
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, and that's good enough.

Eric Hoffer
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

Eric Hoffer
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.

Eric Hoffer (1)
Propaganda ... serves more to justify ourselves than to convince others; and the more reason we have to feel guilty, the more fervent our propaganda.

Eric Schaub
Can we truly expect those who aim to exploit us to be trusted to educate us?

Erich Fromm
When Fascism came into power, most people were unprepared, both theoretically and practically. They were unable to believe that man could exhibit such propensities for evil, such lust for power, such disregard for the rights of the weak, or such yearning for submission. Only a few had been aware of the rumbling of the volcano preceding the outbreak.

Ernest Hemmingway
He did not care for the lying at first. He hated it. Then later he had come to like it. It was part of being an insider, but it was a very corrupting business.

Ernest Hemmingway
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

Ernest Hemingway
It would be easy for us, if we do not learn to understand the world and appreciate the rights, privileges and duties of all other countries and peoples, to represent in our power the same danger to the world that Fascism did.

Ernst Zundel
For an event that was wholly created in the poisonous psychological warfare kitchens of the Second World War, run by the ministries of propaganda in many countries, not just by the British or the Americans, but also the Russians and undoubtedly the world Jewish organisations.


To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

F M Cornford
Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.

Felipe Andres Coronel (1)
This is the point of no return I could never go back. Life without parole up state shackled and trapped Living in the hole, lookin’ at the world through a crack But fuck that, I’d rather shoot it out and get clapped I’ve gone too far, there ain’t no coming back for me Auschwitz gas chamber full of Zyklon-B Just like the Spanish exterminating Tainos Raping the black and Indian women Creating Latinos.

Flannery O'Connor
The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

Francisco Ferrer
Governments have ever been known to hold a high hand over the education of the people. They know, better than anyone else, that their power is based almost entirely on the school. Hence, they monopolise it more and more.

François de La Rochefoucauld
We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones.

François de La Rochefoucauld
Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue.

Frank Dane
Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.

Frank Herbert
It is not that power corrupts but that power is a magnet to the corruptible.

Frank Herbert
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.

Frank Zappa (1)
Government is the Entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.

Frank Zappa (2)
So many books, so little time. Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

Frank Zappa (3)
If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.

Frank Zappa (4)
If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.

Frank Zappa (5)
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.

Frank Zappa (6)
Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth...

Frank Zappa (7)
The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.

Frank Zappa (8)
My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt [FDR]
We require two safeguards against a return of the evils of the old order. There must be a strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments. There must be an end to speculation with other people's money.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt [FDR] (1)
I had a nice talk with Jack Morgan [banker J.P. Morgan, Jr] the other day and he seemed more worried about [Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Rexford] Tugwell’s speech than about anything else, especially when Tugwell said: ‘From now on property rights and financial rights will be subordinated to human rights.’ The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centres has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson… The country is going through a repetition of Jackson’s fight with the Bank of the United States – only on a far bigger and broader basis.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt [FDR] (2)
That, in its essence, is fascism: ownership of government by a group, a corporation or by any other controlling private power cartel.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt [FDR] (3)
We of the Republic sensed the truth that democratic government has innate capacity to protect its people against disasters once considered inevitable, to solve problems once considered unsolvable. We would not admit that we could not find a way to master economic epidemics just as, after centuries of fatalistic suffering, we had found a way to master epidemics of disease. We refused to leave the problems of our common welfare to be solved by the winds of chance and the hurricanes of disaster. In this we Americans were discovering no wholly new truth; we were writing a new chapter in our book of self-government.

Fred Hampton (10)
I am the people, I’m not the pig. You got to make a distinction. And the people are going to have to attack the pigs. The people are going to have to stand up against the pigs. That’s what the Panthers is doing, that’s what the Panthers are doing all over the world.

Fred Hampton (11)
We’re not a racist organisation, because we understand that racism is an excuse used for capitalism, and we know that racism is just – it’s a byproduct of capitalism.

Fred Hampton (12)
Nothing is more important than stopping Fascism. Because if we don't, Fascism is gonna stop us all.

Fred Hampton (2)
Why don’t you live for the people? Why don’t you struggle for the people? Why don’t you die for the people?

Fred Hampton (3)
And how do they fool you? Because they pick the leaders they want. And they put those people up there and portray them as being your leaders when, in fact, they’re leaders of nobody.

Fred Hampton (4)
With no education, you have neocolonialism instead of colonialism, like you’ve got in Africa now and like you’ve got in Haiti.

Fred Hampton (5)
We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism.

Fred Hampton (6)
Socialism is the people! Are you afraid of yourself? If you afraid of socialism, you afraid of yourself.”,American Activist (1948-1969)"

Fred Hampton (7)
I’m telling you that we’re living in an infectious society right now. I’m telling you that we’re living in a sick society. And anybody that endorses integrating into this sick society before it’s cleaned up is a man who’s committing a crime against the people.

Fred Hampton (8)
I believe I’m going to die doing the things I was born to do. I believe I’m going to die high off the people. I believe I’m going to die a revolutionary in the international revolutionary proletarian struggle.

Fred Hampton (9)
First of all, we say primarily that the priority of this struggle is class. That Marx, and Lenin, and Che Guevara end Mao Tse-Tung and anybody else that has ever said or knew or practiced anything about revolution, always said that revolution is a class struggle.

Fred Hampton (1)
Black people need some peace. White people need some peace. And we are going to have to fight. We’re going to have to struggle. We’re going to have to struggle relentlessly to bring about some peace, because the people that we’re asking for peace, they are a bunch of megalomaniac warmongers, and they don’t even understand what peace means.

Frederic Bastiat
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

Frederick Douglas
This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Frederick the Great
I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1)
But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthward, downward, into the dark, the deep – into evil.

Friedrich Nietzsche (2)
What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine. What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored.

Friedrich Nietzsche (3)
The Great Man is colder, harder, less hesitating, and without respect and without the fear of 'opinion'; he lacks the virtues that accompany respect and 'respectability', and altogether everything that is the 'virtue of the herd'. If he cannot lead, he goes alone. He knows he is incommunicable: he finds it tasteless to be familiar. When not speaking to himself, he wears a mask. There is a solitude within him that is inaccessible to praise or blame.

Friedrich Rudolf Klein-Rogge
The ultimate purpose of state crime is to establish an endless empire. It seeks a state of complete insecurity and anarchy, founded upon the tainted ideals of a world thought doomed to annihilation. When humanity, subjugated by the terror of crime, has been driven mad by fear and horror, and when chaos has become the supreme law, then the time for the empire of lawlessness will have come.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Oddly, submission to powerful, frightening, even terrible persons, like tyrants and generals, is not experienced as nearly so painful as is submission to unknown and uninteresting persons - which is what all luminaries of industry are.

Friedrich Nietzsche
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1)
Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (2)
Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lies comes to a point when he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others.


G K Chesterton (1)
If the devil tells you something is too fearful to look at, look at it. If he says something is too terrible to hear, hear it. If you think some truth unbearable, bear it.

G K Chesterton (2)
The decay of society is praised by artists as the decay of a corpse is praised by worms.

G K Chesterton (3)
But those dealing in the actual manufacture of mind are dealing in a very explosive material. The material is not merely the clay of which man is master, but the truths or semblances of truth which have a certain mastery over man. The material is explosive because it must be taken seriously. The men writing books really are throwing bombs.

G K Chesterton (4)
A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

Gabriel Marcel
Today, the first and perhaps the only duty of the philosopher is to defend man against himself: to defend man against that extraordinary temptation toward inhumanity to which almost without being aware of it so many human beings today have yielded.

Gary Kasparov (1)
The problems that humans are facing is that we are not consistent, we cannot play under great pressure. Our games are marked by good and bad moves – not blunders, just inaccuracies. They remain unnoticed in human chess, but are very damaging when you are facing a machine.

Gary Lloyd
When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.

George Bernard Shaw (1)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. All progress, therefore, depends upon the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw (2)
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw (3)
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

George Bernard Shaw (4)
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.

George Bernard Shaw (5)
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.

George Carlin (1)
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post 'Thou shalt not steal,' 'Thou shalt not commit adultery,' and 'Thou shalt not lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.

George Carlin (2)
I'm completely in favour of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.

George Carlin (3)
If crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?

George Carlin (4)
These days many politicians are demanding change. Just like homeless people.

George Carlin (5)
The owners of this country know the truth: It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.

George Carlin (6)
I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote -who did not even leave the house on Election Day -am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.

George Carlin (7)
Governments don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking, That is against their interests. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept it.

George Monbiot (1)
Governments are deemed to succeed or fail by how well they make money go round, regardless of whether it serves any useful purpose. They regard it as a sacred duty to encourage the country’s most revolting spectacle: the annual feeding frenzy in which shoppers queue all night, then stampede into the shops, elbow, trample and sometimes fight to be the first to carry off some designer junk which will go into landfill before the sales next year. The madder the orgy, the greater the triumph of economic management.

George Monbiot (2)
Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that the market" delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning. We internalise and reproduce its creeds. The rich persuade themselves that they acquired their wealth through merit

George Orwell (10)
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

George Orwell (11)
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -for ever.

George Orwell (12)
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it

George Orwell (13)
We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. It is not merely that at present the rule of naked force obtains almost everywhere. Probably that has always been the case. Where this age differs from those immediately preceding it is that a liberal intelligentsia is lacking. Bully-worship, under various disguises, has become a universal religion.

George Orwell (14)
So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.

George Orwell (15)
The war against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

George Orwell (16)
And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed -if all records told the same tale then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

George Orwell (17)
The really frightening thing about totalitarianism is not that it commits atrocities but that it attacks the concept of objective truth; it claims to control the past as well as the future.

George Orwell (1)
In our age, there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.

George Orwell (2)
Truth is treason in the empire of lies.

George Orwell (3)
There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

George Orwell (4)
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.

George Orwell (5)
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.

George Orwell (6)
One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

George Orwell (7)
It reminded us that propaganda in some form or other lurks in every book, that every work of art has a meaning and a purpose — a political, social and religious purpose — that our aesthetic judgments are always coloured by our prejudices and beliefs.

George Orwell (8)
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

George Orwell (9)
I believe that the BBC, in spite of the stupidity of its foreign propaganda and the unbearable voices of its announcers, is very truthful. It is generally regarded here as more reliable than the press.

George Orwell
Power worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.

George Orwell
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

George Santayana
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

George Seldes
The truth is not in the commercial media because the truth is a dagger pointed at its heart, which is its pocketbook.

George W. Bush
You can fool some of the people all of the time and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.

George Washington Carver
Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

Gil Courtemanche
Propaganda is as powerful as heroin; it surreptitiously dissolves all capacity to think.

Glenn Greenwald
[Julian] Assange is a deeply polarizing figure. That's almost certainly why the Trump DOJ believes it could get away with indicting him based on a theory that would clearly endanger core journalistic functions: because it hopes that the intense animosity for Assange personally will blind people to the dangers this indictment poses. But far more important than one's personal feelings about Assange is the huge step this indictment represents in the Trump administration's explicitly stated goal to criminalize journalism that involves reporting on classified information. Opposition to that menacing goal does not require admiration or affection for Assange. It simply requires a belief in the critical importance of a free press in a democracy.

Glenn Greenwald (1)
The true source of the contrivance known as 'fake news' is not merely social media, but a liberal 'mainstream' self-anointed with a false respectability that claims to challenge corrupt and warmongering power but, in reality, courts and protects it, and colludes with it.

Glenn Greenwald (2)
There is little or no ability for an internet user to know when they are being covertly propagandised by their government, which is precisely what makes it so appealing to intelligence agencies, so powerful, and so dangerous.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast, And each will wrestle for the mastery there... To speak the truth, as truth to me appeared, Caused noisy protest, I was hooted down. Such unpleasant incidents occurred I ran off, to be on my own, into a wilderness. Utterly forsaken, I fell into that devil's grip, and was taken.

Gore Vidal (1)
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: You liberate a city by destroying it. Words are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

Gore Vidal (2)
The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity much less dissent.

Gore Vidal (3)
You cannot get through the density of the propaganda with which the American people, through the dreaded media, have been filled and the horrible public educational system we have for the average person. It's just grotesque.

Gore Vidal (4)
Any order that has successfully demonized the word 'liberal' has effectively stifled all opposition to itself.

Gore Vidal (5)
America is the only country in the world that believes in socialism for the rich and private enterprise for the poor.

Gore Vidal (6)
Conspiracy theory has become a code for 'unspeakable truth'.

Groucho Marx (1)
Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others.

Groucho Marx (2)
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns it on, I go into the other room and read a book.

Groucho Marx (3)
Please accept my resignation. I don't want to be a member of any club that would have me as a member.

Guy Debord (1)
The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist.

Guy Debord (2)
The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive… compared with terrorism, everything else must be acceptable, or in any case more rational and democratic.


H L Mencken
You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.

H L Mencken (1)
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

H L Mencken (10)
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

H L Mencken (11)
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.

H L Mencken (12)
Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.

H L Mencken (13)
Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.

H L Mencken (14)
The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful.

H L Mencken (2)
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H L Mencken (3)
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.

H L Mencken (4)
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H L Mencken (5)
Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods.

H L Mencken (6)
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

H L Mencken (7)
Democracy, too, is a religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.

H L Mencken (8)
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

H L Mencken (9)
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

Hanlon's Razor
Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Hannah Arendt (1)
Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.

Hannah Arendt (10)
For politics is not like the nursery; in politics obedience and support are the same.

Hannah Arendt (11)
Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.

Hannah Arendt (12)
Action, as distinguished from fabrication, is never possible in isolation; to be isolated is to be deprived of the capacity to act.

Hannah Arendt (13)
The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.

Hannah Arendt (2)
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.

Hannah Arendt (3)
Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.

Hannah Arendt (4)
Clichés, stock phrases, adherence to conventional, standardised codes of expression and conduct have the socially recognised function of protecting us against reality, that is, against the claim on our thinking attention that all events and facts make by virtue of their existence.

Hannah Arendt (5)
The common prejudice that love is as common as romance" may be due to the fact that we all learned about it first through poetry. But the poets fool us; they are the only ones to whom love is not only a crucial - but an indispensable experience.

Hannah Arendt (6)
Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical, perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical forces.

Hannah Arendt (7)
When all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.

Hannah Arendt (8)
Caution in handling generally accepted opinions that claim to explain whole trends of history is especially important for the historian of modern times, because the last century has produced an abundance of ideologies that pretend to be keys to history but are actually nothing but desperate efforts to escape responsibility.

Hannah Arendt (9)
And the distinction between violent and non-violent action is that the former is exclusively bent upon the destruction of the old, and the latter is chiefly concerned with the establishment of something new.

Harry S Truman (1)
Socialism is a scare-word they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labour organisations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.

Harry S Truman (2)
The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.

Helen Steele
We feel this is a matter of free speech, people should have the right to put alternative views across and criticise multinationals, especially those who spend a fortune pushing their own propaganda.

Henry A Wallace
The American fascists are most easily recognised by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism.

Henry Ford
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.

Henry Kissinger
It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.

Henry Miller (1)
Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind.

Herbert Spencer
The ultimate result of shielding men from the results of folly is to fill the world with fools.

Herman Göhring (1)
Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.

Herman Göhring (2)
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

Horace Walpole
The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

Howard Zinn (1)
What matters most is not who is sitting in the White House, but who is sitting in, and who is marching outside the White House, pushing for change.

Howard Zinn (2)
Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders and millions have been killed because of this obedience Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem.

Hugo Black (1)
In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfil its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the Government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell.

Hugo Black (2)
Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the Government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell.

Hunter S Thompson
Crowd-pleasers [demagogues] are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage and whip their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy -then go back to the office and sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece.

Hunter S Thompson
The press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits -a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.

Hunter S. Thompson
The press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.


I F Stone
All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out.

Immanuel Kant
The evil effect of science upon men is principally this, that by far the greatest number of those who wish to display a knowledge of it accomplish no improvement at all of the understanding, but only a perversity of it. It serves most of them as a tool of vanity.

Isaac Asimov (1)
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'

Isaiah Berlin
But to manipulate men, to propel them toward goals which you – the social reformers – see, but they may not, is to deny their human essence, to treat them as objects without wills of their own, and therefore to degrade them.


Joe Rogan
Biden to me is like having a flashlight with a dying battery and going for a long hike in the woods

J Edgar Hoover (1)
The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realisation of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.

J Edgar Hoover (2)
The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.

Jack London
The press of the United States? It is a parasitic growth that battens on the capitalist class. Its function is to serve the established by moulding public opinion, and right well it serves it. I know nothing that I may say can influence you. You have no souls to be influenced. You are spineless, flaccid things. You pompously call yourselves Republicans and Democrats. There is no Republican Party. There is no Democratic Party. There are no Republicans nor Democrats in this House. You are lick-spittlers and panderers, the creatures of the Plutocracy. You talk verbosely in antiquated terminology of your love of liberty, and all the while you wear the scarlet livery of the Iron Heel.

Jacques Ellul
The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief. (Propaganda) proceeds by psychological manipulations, character modifications, by creation of stereotypes useful when the time comes The two great routes that this sub-propaganda takes are the conditioned reflex and the myth.

James Baldwin (1)
We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.

James Bryant Conant
Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases.

James D Watkins
We must recognise the chief characteristic of the modern era -- a permanent state of what I call violent peace.

James Madison (1)
If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

Jean Paul Sartre (1)
Man is condemned to be free. Condemned, because he did not create himself, yet, [he] is free; because, once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.

Jean Paul Sartre (2)
The existentialist does not believe in the power of passion. He will never agree that a sweeping passion is a ravaging torrent which fatally leads a man to certain acts and is therefor an excuse. He thinks that man is responsible for his passion.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1)
There is no subjugation so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom for in that way one captures volition itself. The most absolute authority is that which penetrates into a man's innermost being and concerns itself no less with his will than with his actions.

Jeffrey Sachs
At the root of America's economic crisis lies a moral crisis: the decline of civic virtue among America's political and economic elite. A society of markets, laws, and elections is not enough if the rich and powerful fail to behave with respect, honesty, and compassion toward the rest of society and toward the world.

Jeremiah 7:5-7
Do not be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because you say that I dwell among you. It is your delusion and lying words. Do you really believe you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, and worship the gods of the world and those other new gods of yours, and then come here and stand before me in my own house and say, 'We are safe', only to go right back to all your lawlessness again? Do you not see that this house of yours, which you mark with my name, has become a den of thieves?

Jim Hightower
Today’s whole political game, run by an absurdist's nightmare of moneyed elites, is ridiculous – a game in which corporations are people and money is magically empowered to speak; candidates trek to the corporate suites and secret retreats of the rich, shamelessly selling their political souls.

Jimmy Wales
What can we put into the hands of people under oppressive regimes to help them? For me, a big part of it is information, knowledge the ability to defeat propaganda by understanding it.

Joe Scarborough (1)
Across the spectrum, money changed votes. Money certainly drove policy at the White House during the Clinton administration, and I’m sure it has in every other administration too.

Joel Bakan (1)
Corporate officials, [as] stewards of other people’s money, have no authority to pursue such [humanitarian] goals as ends in themselves—only as means to serve the corporation’s own interests, which means to maximise the wealth of its shareholders. Corporate social responsibility is thus illegal—at least when it’s genuine.

John Dryden
We find few historians who have been diligent enough in their search for truth; it is their common method to take on trust what they help distribute to the public; by which means a falsehood once received from a famed writer becomes traditional to posterity.

John Ervin
If you look at the Internet's creation and development by the US military-intelligence-Silicon Valley network as a tool for social control, propaganda, and total spying, if you grasp this nexus and their intentions, you will come away realising that the Internet and the total integrated digital world is a dystopian tool designed to make you crazy. To sow confusion and endless contradictory information from minute to minute. To 'flood the zone' with propaganda and disinformation. To give you a headache, keep you agitated, destroy your genuine human experience in the physical world. This is the double-bind. It is what Jacques Ellul in 1964 called the technological society that is ruled by technique in every aspect of its life. Technique is a way of thinking that emphasises efficiency; it is a way of thinking that emphasises order and standardised means to a predetermined end. It is rational, deliberate, and focused on results. It is a way of thinking that has penetrated deep into the psychic structures of society and opposes spontaneity and unreflective action.

John F Kennedy
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

John F Kennedy
For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

John Grierson
The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1)
People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.

John Kenneth Galbraith (2)
Intellectual myopia, often called stupidity, is no doubt a reason. But the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-given right.

John Kenneth Galbraith (3)
The sense of responsibility in the financial community for the community as a whole is not small. It is nearly nil.

John Maynard Kaynes
A sentiment of trust in the legal money of the State is so deeply implanted in the citizens of all countries that they cannot but believe that some day this money must recover a part at least of its former value. To their minds it appears that value is inherent in money as such, and they do not apprehend that the real wealth, which this money might have stood for, has been dissipated once and for all. This sentiment is supported by the various legal regulations with which the Governments endeavor to control internal prices, and so to preserve some purchasing power for their legal tender. Thus the force of law preserves a measure of immediate purchasing power over some commodities and the force of sentiment and custom maintains, especially amongst peasants, a willingness to hoard paper which is really worthless.

John Maynard Keynes (1)
It’s important to see society for what it is, not what it’s advertised to be. There is no level playing field. If you’re born poor and landless, it’s 99.9% likely that’s how you’ll die. This isn’t because of some evil global conspiracy of bloodlines but a natural consequence of feudal and colonial land rights, and continuity of the rule of law protecting – quite reasonably – the legal property of family inheritance.

John Maynard Keynes
When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done.

John McEvoy
By omitting the devastating impact of sanctions, corporate media attribute sole responsibility for economic and humanitarian conditions to the national government, thereby using the misery provoked by sanctions to validate the infliction of even more misery.

John McEvoy (1)
The media's interest in the well-being of a foreign population is directly proportional to the West's interest in toppling its government, while editorial standards are inversely proportional to its enemy status.

John Milton (1)
To keep out evil doctrine by licensing is like the exploit of that gallant man who sought to keep out crows by shutting his park gate.

John Perry Barlow
The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it's conformity.

John Pilger (1)
The spaces allotted to independent journalists (myself included) have vanished. The dissent that was tolerated, even celebrated when I arrived in Fleet Street in the 1960s, has regressed to a metaphoric underground as liberal capitalism sheds the last illusions of democracy. This is a seismic shift.

Jonathan Swift
A baited banker thus desponds, From his own hand foresees his fall, They have his soul, who have his bonds; 'Tis like the writing on the wall. | How will the caitiff wretch be scared, When first he finds himself awake, At the last trumpet, unprepared, And all his grand account to make! | For in that universal call, Few bankers will to heaven be mounters; They'll cry, 'Ye shops, upon us fall! Conceal and cover us, ye counters!' | When other hands the scales shall hold, And they, in men's and angels' sight, Produced with all their bills and gold, 'Weigh'd in the balance and found light!'

Jonathan Swift
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Jonathan Swift
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.

Joseph Conrad (1)
He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.

Joseph Goebbels (1)
Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street.

Joseph Goebbels (2)
We shall reach our goal, when we have the power to laugh as we destroy, as we smash, whatever was sacred to us as tradition, as education, and as human affection.

Joseph Goebbels (3)
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

Joseph Goebbels (4)
It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be moulded until they clothe ideas and disguise.

Joseph Goebbels (5)
It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion.

Joseph Pulitzer
An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.


Karl Rove
We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.

Karl Kraus
The truth is that the newspaper is not a place for information to be given, rather it is just hollow content, or more than that, a provoker of content. If it prints lies about atrocities, real atrocities are the result.

Karl Marx (1)
In bourgeois society, therefore, the past dominates the present; in Communist society, the present dominates the past. In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.

Karl Marx (1)
History repeats itself: first as tragedy, second as farce.

Karl Polanyi
To allow the market mechanism to be the sole director of the fate of human beings and their natural environment would result in the demolition of society.

Karl Popper
The so-called paradox of freedom is the argument that freedom in the sense of absence of any constraining control must lead to very great restraint, since it makes the bully free to enslave the meek. The idea is, in a slightly different form, and with very different tendency, clearly expressed in Plato.

Kenneth Clark
I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must try to learn from history. History is ourselves. I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people's feelings, by satisfying our own egos. And I think we should remember that we are part of a great whole, which for convenience we call nature. All living things are our brothers and sisters.

Kurt Vonnegut (1)
The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don't acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead.

Kurt Vonnegut (2)
Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been [or could be] passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.


Lao Tzu
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.

Lance Morrow (1)
Zealotry of either kind the puritan's need to regiment others or the victim's passion for blaming everyone except himself tends to produce a depressing civic stupidity. Each trait has about it the immobility of addiction. Victims become addicted to being victims: they derive identity, innocence and a kind of devious power from sheer, defaulting helplessness. On the other side, the candle-snuffers of behavioural and political correctness enact their paradox, accomplishing intolerance in the name of tolerance, regimentation in the name of betterment.

Larry Paige (1)
Addiction is the dominant form of a culture that suffers from a superficial spectacle and celebrity-connectivity at its centre. It’s a form of spiritual emptiness.

Leo Tolstoy
History would be a wonderful thing if only it were true.

Lewis H Lapham
The major news media serve at the pleasure of a commercial oligarchy that pays them, and pays them handsomely, for their pretence of speaking truth to power... The prominent figures in our contemporary Washington press corps regard themselves as government functionaries, enabling and codependent.

Linus Torvalds
I like offending people because I think people who get offended should be offended.

Lord Byron
I do not believe in revealed religion - I will have nothing to do with your immortality; we are miserable enough in this life, without speculating on another.

Louis CK (1)
Offending people is a necessary and healthy act. Every time you say something that's offensive to another person you just caused a discussion. You just forced them to have to think.

Lyndon B Johnson
If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best coloured man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you.

Lysander Spooner
Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.


Fanatics can justify practically any atrocity to themselves. The more untenable their position becomes, the harder they hold to it, and the worse the things they are willing to do to support it.

Mahatma Gandhi
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it-always.

Marcus Aurelius (1)
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

Marcus Aurelius (2)
The noblest way of taking revenge on others is by refusing to become like them.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.

Margaret Mead
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Mark 7:20-23
What comes out of a person, that is what makes them unclean. From within people, from their minds and hearts, come wicked thoughts, immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evils come from within and they make one unclean.

Mark Berley
Purveyors of political correctness will, in the final analysis, not even allow others their judgments... They celebrate 'difference,' but they will not allow people truly to be different to think differently, and to say what they think.

Mark Poster
Terrorism is in good part an effect of government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy.

Mark Twain (1)
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do, you're misinformed.

Mark Twain (2)
But it was impossible to save the Great Republic. She was rotten to the heart. Lust of conquest had long ago done its work; trampling upon the helpless abroad had taught her, by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home; multitudes who had applauded the crushing of other people's liberties, lived to suffer for their mistake in their own persons. The government was irrevocably in the hands of the prodigiously rich and their hangers-on; the suffrage was become a mere machine, which they used as they chose. There was no principle but commercialism, no patriotism but of the pocket.

Mark Twain (3)
Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain (4)
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Mark Twain (5)
Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.

Mark Twain (6)
Censorship is telling a grown man that he can't eat steak, because the baby can't chew it.

Mark Twain (7)
It ain't what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

Mark Van Doren
An unexamined idea, to paraphrase Socrates, is not worth having and a society whose ideas are never explored for possible error may eventually find its foundations insecure.

Markus W. Lunner
Propaganda is what gives us the freedom to do as we are told.

Marquis de Sade
Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.

Martin Luther King Jr
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Martin Niemoeller
In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn't speak up because I was a protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me.

Matt Taibbi
they're trying to sound like legitimate news, but they're also completely selling out at the same time.

Matt Taibbi
People are increasingly careful about what they put into their bodies. But they do not think about the news that way, or social media. They don't think about what they put in their brains. It's also a consumer product.

Matthew 24:10-14
At that time many will turn away from the faith

Matthew 7:15-18
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.

Max Planck
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

Maximilien Robespierre
The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.France 1792"

Michael Parenti
The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny.

Michel de Montaigne
The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.

Milton Friedman (1)
With advertising, the free market does not yield a neutral system in which final buyer choice decides. The advertisers’ choices influence media prosperity and survival.

Milton Friedman (2)
A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a greater degree of both.

Milton Friedman (3)
One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.

Milton Friedman (4)
Governments never learn. Only people learn.

Milton Friedman (5)
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.

Milton Friedman (6)
Society doesn't have values. People have values.

Milton Friedman (7)
The key insight of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations is misleadingly simple: if an exchange between two parties is voluntary, it will not take place unless both believe they will benefit from it. Most economic fallacies derive from the neglect of this simple insight, from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.

Mitt Romney
Money plays a much more important role in what is done in Washington than we believe. … You’ve got to cozy up, as an incumbent, to all the special interest groups who can go out and raise money for you from their members, and that kind of a relationship has an influence on the way you’re gonna vote. … I think we have to become much more vigilant on seeing the impact of money. … I think it’s wrong and we’ve got to change it.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Ideology only works when it’s the start of public conversation, never as a means to a predetermined end. Ambition’ is ‘greed’ rebranded.


Naomi Klein (1)
Governments are now using fabrication of grassroots support for policies on social media, creating a closed loop in which the regime essentially endorses itself, leaving independent groups and ordinary citizens on the outside.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1)
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

Napoleon Bonaparte (2)
When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.

Nathan Filer
Some madness doesn't act mad to begin with, sometimes it will knock politely at the door, and when you let it in, it'll simply sit in the corner without a fuss -and grow.

Neil deGrass Tyson
There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe.

Noam Chomsky
Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.

Noam Chomsky (1)
I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.

Noam Chomsky (10)
I think there is a good reason why the propaganda system works that way. It recognises that the public will not support the actual policies. Therefore it is important to prevent any knowledge or understanding of them.

Noam Chomsky (11)
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.

Noam Chomsky (2)
I’m not saying you’re self-censoring. I’m sure you believe everything you say. But what I’m saying is if you believed something different you wouldn’t be sitting where you’re sitting.

Noam Chomsky (3)
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate with that spectrum.

Noam Chomsky (4)
Control of thought is more important for governments that are free and popular than for despotic and military states. The logic is straightforward: a despotic state can control its domestic enemies by force, but as the state loses this weapon, other devices are required to prevent the ignorant masses from interfering with public affairs, which are none of their business…the public are to be observers, not participants, consumers of ideology as well as products.

Noam Chomsky (5)
Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt . they can’t afford the time to think. Tuition fee increases are a ‘disciplinary technique,’ and, by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalised the ‘disciplinarian culture.’ This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy.

Noam Chomsky (6)
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.

Noam Chomsky (7)
There is massive propaganda for everyone to consume. Consumption is good for profits and consumption is good for the political establishment.

Noam Chomsky (8)
I think there is a good reason why the propaganda system works that way. It recognises that the public will not support the actual policies. Therefore it is important to prevent any knowledge or understanding of them.

Noam Chomsky (9)
For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of 'brainwashing under freedom' to which we are subjected and which all too often we serve as willing or unwitting instruments.


Octave Mirbeau
You're obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd. You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation. It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced. In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers. That's the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world.

Ogden Nash
I think that I shall never see A billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I'll never see a tree at all.

Oliver Cromwell
Do not trust to the cheering, for those very persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr
I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country... Only the emergency that makes it immediately dangerous to leave the correction of evil counsels to time warrants making any exception to the sweeping command, 'Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech.'

Oscar Callaway
In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organisations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press. … They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.

Oscar Wilde
A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde (1)
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

Oscar Wilde (2)
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.

Oscar Wilde (3)
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Oscar Wilde (3)
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.

Oscar Wilde (4)
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

Oscar Wilde (5)
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

Oscar Wilde (6)
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

Oscar Wilde (7)
When the Gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.

Oscar Wilde (8)
Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

Oscar Wilde (9)
Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.

Otto von Bismarck
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.


Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are stupider.

Pius X
Henceforth it will be the task of this Sacred Congregation not only to examine carefully the books denounced to it, to prohibit them if necessary, and to grant permission for reading forbidden books, but also to supervise, ex officio, books that are being published, and to pass sentence on such as deserve to be prohibited.

Plato (1)
At very least, a leader should be able to tell right from wrong... and sadly, too often in this world, 'nice guys finish last.'

Plato (2)
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honour, and lovers of gain.

Plato (3)
Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed by the masses.

P J O'Rourke
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

Paul Craig Roberts
Most newspapers are part of huge conglomerates, and the policy that comes down is that you don't rock any boats. You can't make the government upset because the value of the company is the broadcast licenses, and the government will not renew them, and we can't make our corporate owners mad because they will fire us, and we can't make the advertisers mad or they will pull their advertising. So the media can't say anything that will upset the power structure. And that's what has happened to the press.

Paul Newman
Life is like a poker game and any time you look around the table and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you.

Paul Robeson
In fact, because of this deep desire for peace, the ruling class leaders of this land, from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda to drive into American minds the false notion that danger threatened them from the East.

Paul Valéry
Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations.

Paul Verhaeghe
It would take a while before the postmodern Narcissus perceived the ruins of society behind the emptiness of his mirror.

Paul Watzlawick
This is the secret of propaganda: To totally saturate the person, whom the propaganda wants to lay hold of, with the ideas of the propaganda, without him even noticing that he is being saturated.

Peter Ustinov
Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.

Prince Philip (1)
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife.

Prince Philip (2)
People think there's a rigid class system here, but dukes have been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans.

Prince Philip (3)
It's a pleasure to be in a country that isn't ruled by its people.

Prince Philip (4)
I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist. I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.

Prince Philip (5)
The conservation of nature, the proper care for the human environment and a general concern for the long-term future of the whole of our planet are absolutely vital if future generations are to have a chance to enjoy their existence on this earth.

Prince Philip (6)
I've never been noticeably reticent about talking on subjects about which I know nothing.

Prince Philip (7)
Human population growth is probably the single most serious long-term threat to survival. We're in for a major disaster if it isn't curbed...We have no option. If it isn't controlled voluntarily, it will be controlled involuntarily by an increase in disease, starvation and war.

Prince Philip (8)
There are always twenty excellent reasons for doing nothing for every one reason for starting anything-especially if it has never been done before.

Prince Philip (9)
During the Blitz, a lot of shops had their windows blown in and put up notices saying, 'More open than usual'. I now declare this place more open than usual.


Quentin Crisp
Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.


Don't go back to sleep ... Don't go back to sleep ... Don't go back to sleep.

Rainer Marie Rilke (1)
I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.

Raymond Chandler (1)
There is no clean way to make a hundred million bucks. Somewhere along the line guys got pushed to the wall, nice little businesses got the ground cut out from under them. Decent people lost their jobs. Big money is big power, and big power gets used wrong. It's the system.

Raymond Chandler (2)
There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself.

Remy de Gourmont
To ameliorate and raise the standard of the workingmen to the bourgeois level, is perhaps to create a race of slaves content with their lot – a cast of comfortable Pariahs.

Rob Feingold
People tell me all the time that our politics in Washington are broken and that multimillionaires, billionaires and big corporations are calling all the shots. … It’s hard not to agree.

Rob Schaaf
I can legally accept gifts from lobbyists unlimited in number and in value … As you might guess, what results is a corruption of the institution of Missouri government, a corruption driven by big money in politics.

Robert A Heinlein (1)
You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.

Robert A Heinlein (2)
When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything-you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.

Robert A Heinlein (3)
Limiting the freedom of news 'just a little bit' is in the same category within the classic example 'a little bit pregnant'.

Robert F Kennedy
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.

Robert Graves
Religious fanaticism is the most dangerous form of insanity.

Robert Johnson
But there is a sort of 'Ok guys, you're mad, but how are you going to stop me' mentality at the top.

Robert Welch
And it was under Wilson that the first great propaganda slogan was coined and emblazoned everywhere, to make Americans start thinking favourably of democracies and forget that we had a republic.

Roger Bacon (1)
There are in fact four very significant stumbling blocks in the way of grasping the truth, which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom, namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority, longstanding custom, the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge.

Ron Paul (1)
Truth is treason in the empire of lies If we want to live in a free society, we need to break free from these artificial limitations on free debate and start asking serious questions once again this is a long-term project that will persist far into the future. These ideas cannot be allowed to die, buried beneath the mind-numbing chorus of empty slogans and inanities that constitute official political discourse in America.

Ronald Wright
People afraid of outsiders are easily manipulated. The warrior caste, supposedly society's protectors, often become protection racketeers. In times of war or crisis, power is easily stolen from the many by the few on a promise of security. The more elusive or imaginary the foe, the better for manufacturing consent. The Inquisition did a roaring trade against the Devil.


Sun Tzu
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.

Sun Tzu
There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.

Evil appears as good in the minds of those whom god leads to destruction.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant’s shoulder to mount on.

Shane Gillis
Being racist isn’t a yes or no thing, [it’s] like being hungry. You’re not [hungry] right now, but a cheeseburger could cut you off in traffic and you could get hungry real quick… You didn’t even know you were hungry for that type of cheeseburger.

Sharyl Attkisson
Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.

Sidney Hook
To silence criticism is to silence freedom.

Sindhu Biswal
Social media was initially created to communicate and then became a tool to propagate.

Sophie Scholl
Isn't it a riddle and awe-inspiring that things can be so beautiful, despite the horrors? I've seen something wondrous peering through my joy in the beautiful, a sense of its creator. Only people can be truly ugly, because they have free will to separate themselves from this song of praise. It often seems they may drown out this hymn with cannon thunder, curses, and blasphemy. But I have realised they will not succeed. And so I want to throw myself on the side of the victor.

Søren Kierkegaard (1)
Popular revolt against a ruthless, experienced modern government, which enjoys a monopoly over weapons and communications… is simply not a possibility in the modern age… People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

Søren Kierkegaard (2)
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

Søren Kierkegaard (3)
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.

Stalin (1)
It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes.

Stalin (2)
If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that's only statistics.

Stalin (3)
The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. The public will clamour for such laws if their personal security is threatened.

Stanislaw Lem
When smashing monuments, save the pedestals - they always come in handy.

Stanley Baldwin
The papers conducted by Lord Rothermere and Lord Beaverbrook are not newspapers in the ordinary acceptance of the term. They are engines of propaganda for the constantly-changing policies, desires, personal wishes, and personal likes and dislikes of two men? What the proprietorship of those papers is aiming at is power, and power without responsibility the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages.

Stanley Kubrick
Great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.

Stefan Molyneux
The whole purpose of propaganda is to make the obvious seem obscure, or offensive.

Stendhal (Marie Beyle)
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.

Stephen King
The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.

Steve Bannon
Data is the ultimate commodity because it capitalises the market’s most valuable resource: us, the consumers.

Steve Jobs (1)
When you're young, you look at television and think, There's a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realise that's not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That's a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It's the truth.

Steve Jobs
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited

Steve Martin
I believe that sex is one of the most natural, wholesome things that money can buy.

Steven Magee
The corporate controlled government is the real enemy.


The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more and tolerated by all.

To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.

T S Eliot
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

Ta-Nahesi Coates
I propose to take our countrymen’s claims of American exceptionalism seriously, which is to say I propose subjecting our country to an exceptional moral standard.

Ta-Nahesi Coates
The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.

Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hate gives identity. The nigger, the fag, the bitch illuminate the border, illuminate what we ostensibly are not, illuminate the Dream of being white, of being a Man. We name the hated strangers and are thus confirmed in the tribe.

Terry Eagleton (1)
By and large, academic institutions have shifted from being the accusers of corporate capitalism to being its accomplices. They are intellectual Tescos, churning out a commodity known as graduates rather than greengroceries.

Theodore Roosevelt (1)
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.

Theodore Roosevelt (2)
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

Thomas Clement Douglas
Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege.

Thomas Frank
Mounting a campaign against plutocracy makes as much sense to the typical Washington liberal as would circulating a petition against gravity. What our modernized liberal leaders offer is not confrontation but a kind of therapy for those flattened by the free-market hurricane: they counsel us to accept the inevitability of the situation.

Thomas Jefferson (1)
A nation which expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation, expects that which never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson (10)
The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

Thomas Jefferson (11)
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

Thomas Jefferson (2)
Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.

Thomas Jefferson (3)
This is the secret of propaganda: Those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing that they are being immersed in it.

Thomas Jefferson (4)
Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.

Thomas Jefferson (5)
Not every item of news should be published. Rather must those who control news policies endeavour to make every item of news serve a certain purpose.

Thomas Jefferson (6)
It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be moulded until they clothe ideas and disguise.

Thomas Jefferson (7)
If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of everyone, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.

Thomas Jefferson (8)
I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If the only way to get to Heaven was with a party, I would not go there at all.

Thomas Jefferson (9)
The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.

Thomas Paine (1)
To argue with a person who has renounced reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thomas Paine (2)
To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thomas Sowell (1)
The media are less a window on reality, than a stage on which officials and journalists perform self-scripted, self-serving fictions.

Thomas Sowell (2)
If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.

Thomas Wolfe (1)
It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.

Tim Cook (1)
Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponised against us [by corporations, political parties and oligarchs] with military efficiency… Taken to its extreme, this process creates an enduring digital profile that lets companies know you better than you may know yourself… Rogue actors and even governments have taken advantage of user trust to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what is true and what is false. This crisis is real. It is not imagined, or exaggerated, or ‘crazy.

Tim Cook (2)
Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponised against us [by corporations, political parties and oligarchs] with military efficiency... Taken to its extreme, this process creates an enduring digital profile that lets companies know you better than you may know yourself… Rogue actors and even governments have taken advantage of user trust to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what is true and what is false. This crisis is real. It is not imagined, or exaggerated, or ‘crazy'.

Tim Kreider
One reason we rush so quickly to the vulgar satisfactions of judgement, and love to revel in our righteous outrage, is that it spares us from the impotent pain of empathy, and the harder, messier work of understanding. Let me propose that if your beliefs or convictions matter more to you than people -if they require you to act as though you were a worse person than you are -you may have lost perspective.

Tom Green (1)
Public pranks should be seen as a crass, desperate attention grab unless there’s a risk of genuine physical or mental damage.

Tristan Harris (1)
Our politicians have sacrificed their principles on the altar of special interests; our corporate leaders have sacrificed their integrity on the altar of profits; and our media watchdogs have sacrificed the voice of dissent on the altar of audience competition.


Umberto Eco
People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction.

Upton Sinclair
All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescabably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously - but often deliberately

Upton Sinclair
It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

Upton Sinclair
Fascism is capitalism plus murder.

Upton Sinclair (1)
It's hard to get a man to understand something when his pay-check depends on his not understanding it.


Victor Hugo (1)
In a little town, there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think.

Vittorio de Sica
Moral indignation is in most cases 2% moral, 48% indignation and 50% envy.

Vladimir Lenin
Truth is the most precious thing. That's why we should ration it.

Vladimir Nabokov (1)
Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.

Voltaire (1) [François-Marie Arouet]
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

Voltaire (2) [François-Marie Arouet]
History is fables agreed upon.

Voltaire (3) [François-Marie Arouet]
What can you say to a man who tells you he prefers obeying God rather than men, and that as a result he's certain he'll go to heaven if he cuts your throat?


W Somerset Maugham
It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.

W Somerset Maugham (1)
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.

W. Lance Bennett
Perhaps the most obvious political effect of controlled news is the advantage it gives powerful people in getting their issues on the political agenda and defining those issues in ways likely to influence their resolution.

Walter Bagehot (1)
Persecution in intellectual countries produces a superficial conformity, but also underneath an intense, incessant, implacable doubt.

Walter Bagehot (2)
Life is a school of probability.

Walter Lippmann
The news of the days it reaches the newspaper office is an incredible medley of fact, propaganda, rumour, suspicion, clues, hopes, and fears, and the task of selecting and ordering that news is one of the truly sacred and priestly offices in a democracy. For the newspaper is in all literalness the bible of democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct.

Ward Churchill
The American people are free to do exactly what they are told.

Wendell Phillips
No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshipping the symbol instead of the principle it represents.

Wilhelm Reich
When social cooperation is disrupted, state power is always strengthened.

William Blum
Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.

William Casey [CIA Director] (1)
We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.

William Colby
The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.

William Faulkner
Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.

William Gibson
The future is always here already. It's just not evenly distributed yet.

William S Burroughs
Why do I always parody? Neither in life nor in writing can I achieve complete sincerity.

William Shakespeare
The love of wicked men converts to fear; That fear to hate, and hate turns one or both To worthy danger and deserved death.

William Shakespeare (2)
There are those contentious and disorderly people, who engage in useless speculation and deceptive talk, and focus on divisive points of dispute... All things are good to the pure of heart, but to these corrupt and disbelieving controversialists nothing can be good, since both their minds and and their hearts are corrupted. They may say that they know God, but by their actions they deny Him, being corrupt and disobedient, and of no use for any good purpose. (Titus 1:10, 15-16)

William Wilberforce
You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.

Winston Churchill (1)
After a time, civil servants tend to become no longer servants and no longer civil.

Winston Churchill (2)
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

Winston Churchill (3)
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.

Winston Churchill (4)
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

Winston Churchill (5)
Everyone is in favour of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.

Winston Churchill (6)
A good speech should be like a woman's skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.

Winston Churchill (7)
Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut.

Woodrow Wilson
To fight, you must be brutal and ruthless, and the spirit of ruthless brutality will enter into the very fibre of national life.

Wyndham Lewis (1)
All orthodox opinion – that is, today, revolutionary opinion either of the pure or impure variety – is anti-man.


Yevgeny Zamiatin (1)
They talk a lot about the importance of pronouns like he and she, but they don’t give enough attention to the most evil of pronouns: WE. We is deep in our genes. We is the community. We is the home group, the familiar, the trustworthy. We love we. We is belonging. We comforts us. We exalts us. We is the pride in other people’s achievements, while taking them for granted as an entitlement. We is white privilege; and black privilege and brown privilege and any other privilege that includes or excludes people you don’t know. From we, the nebulous idea of the stranger gets defined as everyone out-group, impersonal danger gets imposed on the real world. We is the origin of the UNTERMENSCH. We is the complicity with proxy brutality against unseen human beings. We cherry-picks its gods and its devils, to worship or murder with conscience absolved. We is a trick.

Yuval Noah Harari (1)
It’s not so hard to see how AI could one day make better decisions than we do about careers, and perhaps even about relationships. But once we begin to count on AI to decide what to study, where to work, and whom to date or even marry, human life will cease to be a drama of decision making, and our conception of life will need to change. Democratic elections and free markets might cease to make sense. So might most religions and works of art… Currently, humans risk becoming similar to domesticated animals. We have bred docile cows that produce enormous amounts of milk but are otherwise far inferior to their wild ancestors. They are less agile, less curious, and less resourceful. We are now creating tame humans who produce enormous amounts of data and function as efficient chips in a huge data-processing mechanism, but they hardly maximise their human potential. If we are not careful, we will end up with downgraded humans misusing upgraded computers to wreak havoc on themselves and on the world.

Yuval Noah Harari (2)
When you live under such an oligarchy, there is always some crisis or the other that takes priority over boring stuff such as healthcare and pollution. If the nation is facing external invasion or diabolical subversion, who has the time to worry about overcrowded hospitals and polluted rivers? By manufacturing a never-ending stream of crises, a corrupt oligarchy can prolong its rule indefinitely.


Zbigniew Brzezinski
Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They'll only be able to parrot the information they've been given on the previous night's news.


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Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

Spoken in the House of Commons (18-Nov-1783). Based on the original lines in John Milton's Paradise Lost (Book IV, Line 393): "And with necessity, / The tyrant's plea, / excus'd his devilish deeds"

Scapegoating according to Girard.
Whereas the philosophers of the 18th century would have agreed that communal violence comes to an end due to a social contract, Girard believes that, paradoxically, the problem of violence is frequently solved with a lesser dose of violence. When mimetic rivalries accumulate, tensions grow ever greater. But, that tension eventually reaches a paroxysm. When violence is at the point of threatening the existence of the community, very frequently a bizarre psychosocial mechanism arises: communal violence is all of the sudden projected upon a single individual. Thus, people that were formerly struggling, now unite efforts against someone chosen as a scapegoat. Former enemies now become friends, as they communally participate in the execution of violence against a specified enemy. Girard calls this process scapegoating - an allusion to the ancient religious ritual where communal sins were metaphorically imposed upon a he-goat, and this beast was eventually abandoned in the desert, or sacrificed to the gods (in the Hebrew Bible, this is especially prescribed in Leviticus 16). The person that receives the communal violence is a ‘scapegoat’ in this sense: her death or expulsion is useful as a regeneration of communal peace and restoration of relationships. However, Girard considers it crucial that this process be unconscious in order to work. The victim must never be recognized as an innocent scapegoat (indeed, Girard considers that, prior to the rise of Christianity, ‘innocent scapegoat’ was virtually an oxymoron; see section 4.b below); rather, the victim must be thought of as a monstrous creature that transgressed some prohibition and deserved to be punished. In such a manner, the community deceives itself into believing that the victim is the culprit of the communal crisis, and that the elimination of the victim will eventually restore peace.
What are the true root motives of the US Conservative movement?

It's important to understand the motives of a Conservative movement versus what are the tools a Conservative movement may be using to get to where they want to be. Solely on root motivations, some will say: Conservatives at the very top, they're racist, they're anti black, they're anti semitic. They want an all white world And so that's what the objective is. And a current tool they happen to be using is voter suppression. Motivated by racism. Not wanting to raise the minimum wage, motivated by racism. Everything in American Conservative ideology is motivated by racism. And there's another camp that will say: We live in an oligarchy, people are very driven to protect elite financial interests. And since the dawn of America, race has been weaponized. It's an underclass signifier even when it's no longer a cheap economic engine (slavery, etc). To protect and perpetuate elite power, we will exploit factions that emerge along racial lines, we will create and teach people to Balkanize themselves in these ways and others. All in order to prevent them from noticing (and resisting) the ways that they're being exploited economically.